PIEDMONT -- The community pool is operating at a deficit, but pool officials are hopeful an increase in pass sales and other programs will narrow the gap.
Recreation Supervisor David Weisgerber reported to the City Council on Monday he expects the city will have to subsidize $100,000 or more to keep the pool afloat in fiscal year 2013-14.
The 50-year-old pool complex needed repairs and additional personnel were hired to enhance programs. Expenses for fiscal year 2012-13 show $612,150 while revenues were $526,166. Revenue for 2013-14 is estimated at $575,000 with expenditures at $732,870.
On the bright side, 171 annual passes were sold, and 358 seasonal passes were sold for a net revenue of $314,391, Weisgerber said. Swim school/swim camp participation increased to 2,103 participants in swim season 2013, up from 1,339 participants in 2012.
The city took over operation of the pool in July 2011 after talks broke down with the Piedmont Swim Club, which had operated the pool for decades.
Since then, scheduling water time for all the pool users -- from lap swimmers to high school water polo to Piedmont Swim team and recreasional users -- is continually tweaked to try and accommodate these groups equitably.
Through an agreement, the Piedmont school district does not pay for use of the pool for adaptive physical education, Piedmont High's water polo and swim teams. The city has a below-market agreement with the Piedmont Swim Team ( an independent team) through Aug. 17, 2014, for 3,100 hours of use per year at a cost of $6.85 per lane hour.
"Both these programs are vital to the community ... but their subsidies must be factored into the overall budget to view the comprehensive financial picture," Weisgerber said.
The council also reviewed options for a $9 fee per parcel per year for next fiscal year to expand and maintain Waste Management's household hazardous waste service. The fee would be on property tax bills.
"The program is running out of funding," planning technician Jennifer Feeley told the council, which supports the proposal.
Mailers will be sent to all Piedmont residents in December, who can voice their protests to the fee or not, Feeley said. That will be relayed to Waste Management board at upcoming meetings where they will discuss the option. The $9 fee per year would run for eight years.
It would expand the days of operation for hazardous household waste disposal, such as old paint, cleaners and the like.
Councilman Garrett Keating, who serves as liaison to the Waste Management board, said there was a 13-3 board vote in support of the fee. For more information, visit www.stopwaste.org.